1. CRS Rice Bowl

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One of the best Lent-specific apps out there, Catholic Relief Services’ Rice Bowl app helps you with all three pillars of Lent: prayer, fasting/abstinence, and almsgiving. One of the most unique features of the CRS rice bowl app is it’s “Give” section, which allows users to pledge, donate, and track the amount of money they have given over Lent. For example, if you want to sacrifice a Starbucks cup of coffee, you can instead pledge and donate the amount you would have spent on that coffee to the CRS rice bowl campaign.

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Donations go to help alleviate hunger and poverty in 40-45 countries where Catholic Relief Services have active programs. The CRS app also allows users to read personal stories of people from around the world who have received assistance from CRS, and provides meat-free recipes from around the world to liven up Lenten Friday meals.

2. LentSanity

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Produced by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, LentSanity is another Lent-specific Catholic app with features such as Daily Mass readings, reflections and blog posts. One of the most unique features of the app is the illustrated guide section, which contains several easy-to-understand infographics explaining some of the basics of Lent, such as a guide to fasting and abstinence, an explanation of different types of feast days, and a guide to the Triduum.

3. Laudate laudate

Promoting itself as the number one free Catholic app, Laudete is one of the most packed Catholic apps out there while still maintaining its easy navigation. Features include Liturgy of Hours, the New American Bible, interactive Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy, numerous prayers and chaplets, links to Catholic media, a confession guide, and daily readings and saints. The app is available on iOS and Adriod and in multiple languages: English, Español, Português, Française, Deutsch, Nederlands, Slovenský, Italiano, Bahasa, Polski, Slovenski, Hrvatski, Việt, 简体, 繁體 and Românesc

4. iBreviary

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iBreviary is another popular Catholic app that allows you to pray the Liturgy of the Hours and daily readings. It also includes a missal and many prayers such as the act of contrition and Divine Mercy Chaplet. While other apps like Laudate also include Liturgy of the Hours, iBreviary’s advantages are the clean and easy to navigate design (that can be made to look like an old book if you want it to) and the ability to download the hours in advance. For example, if you’re someone who usually finds themselves praying night prayer past midnight, iBreviary has a feature that allows you to include last night’s Night Prayer in your downloads. That way, if the first download you do for the day is at night, you can always access the appropriate Night Prayer.

5. Mass Times

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Looking for an Ash Wednesday Mass? Trying to make daily Mass part of your Lenten routine? The ever-trusty masstimes.org has got you covered with their app called MassTimes. It works just like the website: type in the city, state or zip of your choice, and a list of close and available options pops up. While there are other apps that allow you to find Mass times, the best thing about MassTimes is its simplicity and thoroughness – the app’s main features are the listed Churches and Mass times and a map. Almost every Church listed includes Saturday and Sunday Mass times, daily Mass times, confession times and Holy Days.

6. Saint of the Day

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If you’re making an effort to get to know the Saints better this Lent, Saint of the Day is the perfect app for that. Produced by Franciscan media, the Saint of the Day app provides a brief reflection on the Saint of the day, as well as a few paragraphs relaying their life story. The other main feature of the app is a calendar, so you can click ahead to see whose feast days are coming up. The app also includes links to other Franciscan media.

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